Author: Sadaf Rehman
Supervisor: Mr. Faiz Younas Butt
Year: (2010- 2012)
University: Institute of Applied Psychology, Punjab University, Lahore, Pakistan
The present research aimed to investigate the relationship between parental and peer attachment bonds with the identity development during late adolescents. It was hypothesized that there is a positive relationship between parental as well as peer attachment bonds with identity development during late adolescence. Moreover, it was also hypothesized that there is a significant gender difference in parental attachment bonds, peer attachment bonds and identity development. Correlational research design and purposive sampling was used to collect data from (N = 100) college students of Lahore; including (n = 50) male and (n = 50) female students. A self developed Demographic Questionnaire, Inventory of Parent and Peer Attachment Bonds (Armsden & Greenber, 1987) and Extended Objective Measure of Ego Identity Status-Revised (Bennion & Adams, 1986) were administered. Results showed that there is a significant positive relationship between parental and peer attachment bonds and not significant relationship between peer attachment bonds and identity development while a significant positive relationship between mothers’ attachment bonds with identity development. Moreover, there are no gender differences between parental attachment bonds, peer attachment bonds and identity development during late adolescents. This research enabled us to develop a new insight into the parental and peer attachments bonds s the common stereotype present in the society about peer attachment having the maximum influence on adolescents proved wrong.
Keywords: peer attachment, parental attachment, identity development.
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